The Monster in Every Writer’s Head

UPDATED (on October 19, 2014): This post was originally published in June as a submission for the ‘Writing Contest: Overcoming Writer’s Doubt’ held by Positive Writer, and I’m thrilled to say it was awarded 2nd place!

You know how under every kid’s bed is a monster? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. In every writer’s head exists a monster, too. I’m talking about that hairy, slimy and drooling creature that taps you on the shoulder with its sharp claws as you type. It’s the one that snarls and stares down at you with its two – or three – googly eyes when you finish a blog post, an article or a book. It’s the monster that was conceived in a corner of your mind, then grew and grew to the point that it began crowding out all the good thoughts in your head.

Do you recognize this monster yet? If not, let me introduce it to you.

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I chose Francesca Battistelli’s song, “Free To Be Me” for this post. I love how the lyrics talk about battling perfection and doubt, and ultimately believing in how God sees you.

What doubts have you faced in your life and how have you overcome them?


  1. Mzchele says:

    Congrats on finishing the novel! Yahoo! Next time my monster tries to sneak up on me, I’ll know how to bash it away. 😉

  2. Chelsea says:

    So grateful I’m not the only one with crazy thoughts! I love to write but hate it when people read it! 🙂 Way to go for finishing! Don’t be afraid of it! Send it out confidently!

    • mamaho says:

      Hi Bryan, thanks so much for your encouraging comment! 🙂 I really enjoy your blog and find lots of encouragement there as a writer.

      • Bryan says:

        Could you send me an email at, bryan.hutchinson (at) – It’s concerning the contest.


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